Monday, May 2, 2016

advance directives

Yup.  I'm here today to talk to you about advance directives.  But not for too long, because I don't feel like spending too much time on this, and I'm kind of ready to jump on into bed!  BUT!  It's really important.  So you should read this for a hot second.

A few months ago, I watched this movie (you should definitely watch it- it will make the whole point of this post for me, thence leaving me free to not go into too much detail and go to bed, because you can learn it all there!), and was moved to fill out my own advance directive!

If you're all like..."What?!"
 Then go watch the movie!!!  Right now.  Go.  Then come back.

 So if you're like me and eat too many bagels, it's important to know who will be making medical decisions for you in the unfortunate chance that you cannot.  This simple form that you can download online for free is super easy to fill out; bata-boom, bata-bing!  Now Uncle Harry has free reign to tell the Doctors to feed me pure sugar through my toenails!  A few things differ from state to state, like whether or not you need witnesses, notarization, etc.  But check it out!  Sooner than later!  Why not?!
Just don't end up like this guy who fell out of my basement ceiling tiles...womp, womp.
or this guy...

Do you already have an Advance Directive?  Do you plan to get one?  Did you just find out about it like I did after watching that movie?  
Tell me about it!

Goodniiiiight!

P.S.- you should check out more of Caitlin Doughty's stuff; her book is great, and I love her youtube channel!  

P.P.S.-  not a sponsored post, I kind of just love her.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

fridge


So this is was my fridge.  For the past 3.5 years, he's held all of my perishables, and looked fabulous while doing so.  Shortly after we met, he allowed me to give him a make over- really, just releasing him to express who he'd been all along.

The thing is, he wasn't very good at efficiency, and this isn't a charity...the time had come to say goodbye.  After some nice thoughts, memories remembered, and a few snapped photos, Mike and I pulled the plug, and began cleaning out our fridge.
 
He lived a good life, handed out many beers, late night snacks, and devoured many uneaten leftovers.

You've been a pretty okay fridge, fridge.  Thank you.  Rest in peace, and may you be the talk of the dump.  You're sure to be the best looking one there (not that looks are what matter- it's what's on the inside ...oh wait...).


...aaaand, here's our fresh new fridge!  All young and vibrant, ready to keep things cold cold cold and all it's feelings inside!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

shed

Two weekends ago Mike and I had a shed delivered from Lowe's, and we spent the day putting it together.  Assembly went fairly well, with only a few snafus along the way.

We've now been able to get some junk out of our one car garage that was stuffed to the brim, and put it in here!  Things like our push mower, wheel barrow, rakes, shovels, etc.  Mike made a nice snazzy base to put it on. 

We also moved an Ikea bookshelf thingy that we no longer had a proper use for indoors into the garage, so we have lots of storage space, and cubbies to put small things into.  Ooh, and there was a wicked sale at the Sears Outlet store on one of those stand up three-piece toolbox sets with drawers and stuff, so we got one of those!  Our garage is looking pretty hot now.  Just a bit more work to do, but we're getting there!


This is turning into our year of renovating, upgrading, and making things more efficient.  Next project is this weekend- new refrigerator!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

life-mares

Yessss.  Thank you..for that thunder storm that is rolling in right now.  It fits my mood perfectly.  A gentle rumble...a slow drizzle, turning into a pour.

I've been adulting realll hard lately, and while I'm proud of myself, I'm also really irritated and sick of it.  It feels great to be organized, and check things off of my to-do list.  Amazing, really.  But, wow.  It's exhausting.  And sick.  I don't have time for anything else, it seems.  I bought a planner for the first time ever this year, and it's awesome and all that jazz, and I love putting things in there to remind myself of what I need to do.  But...it's never-ending.

I'm sick of going to work to make the money to live my life, which I can't live because I'm always at work.  That'ssss the story of my life.  I'm always like, "what should I do with my life?" and I'm thinking that now, but I have to remember that this IS my life, and I'm living it right now.  Which brings me back to the first post of this blog earlier in the year, where I talked about being intentional.  That's what I'm supposed to do, because I'm living my life now, and I need to make it count.  now.

What do I want to do?  I don't know.  There are so many options, yet so many limitations at the same time.  I like to choose the safe way, the way where I know what I'll be doing day to day, and how much money I'm going to make, and that everything's going to be okay.  I'd like to be braver, and heck I'd probably take a whole lot more (and likely a lot of stupid) risks if it weren't for the fact that I'm married to a man who loves his job, his life, and where he lives.  I love that man.  so much.  And I wouldn't trade him for crazy risk-taking adventures.  I just hope I find my way along with him to what I need to do next in this CRAZY thing called life.

do I have issues.  yep.

Should I be an artist?  That'd be awesome.  I'd make no money, though..
I'd love to work with animals.
or old people.
or mentally handicapped people...
..environmental issues or animal rights!
gah.
I'm just not set on any one thing, like my gut doesn't tell me exactly what I need to do.  I'm always so jealous of people who know what they want to do right off the bat, like from childhood, and they just do it, and love it.  That's amazing for them.  Just wish I had a calling as well.

This should probably be more of a journal post, and not a blog post, really, as I'm typing this through tears and probably not going to publish it.  But maybe under some bad judgement and too much wine I will.

If you know what I should do, please enlighten me.  I'd love for someone to just tell me, and me to not have to make a decision!  ha.  thanks.

p.s.
my life's not horrible!  it's pretty good, actually.  I'm just bored!  and I feel like I have so much more to offer than I am, and I want to pursue things in life, and not just look at awesome things and say, oh that's really great that someone is doing that, but not me.  Someone else will do that great thing, but I  never could.  why not?!?

pps.
you know what?  I'm gonna post this!  obviously.  because you're reading it...
because you know why?  because who cares.  that's how I'm feeling more and more, and I like it.  who cares what people think of me, I'm getting old.  I'm about to turn 30, and I have a white hair in my bangs.  I don't care if people think I'm cool anymore.  I'm more about being real and practical (there it is again...adulting.  I don't really feel like an adult, though.  I feel like I'm forever young, and I should be acting and dressing older, but I'm not feeling it.  when do I need to act old?  whatever.).
okay, i kinnnda care.  that ya'll are gonna think i'm mental.  and I am a little, but that's okay.  all the best of us are! (alice in wonderland, anyone?!)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

webtastic links


Moon Tunic - Gypsy Warrior
This moon tunic is dreamy.

MORNING RITUALS, enamel pin.
Um, love this Morning Rituals enamel pin!

Image of Strange Vibes Tee
I'd love to add this shirt to my wardrobe.

FUNERAL NOTICE Lot of 40 Cards 1920's - 1940's
I feel like these vintage funeral notices would be really cool to use as post cards; I'm just not sure if the backs are blank or not.  Either way, it's a neat lot.

Twin Peaks Damn Fine Coffee T Shirt
Twin Peaks tee!


I bought some teeth slides from ChaosSupplies on Etsy a long time ago, and made a cool window collage that I wish I still had it.  These ones from a medical convention are kind of neat, as well.

Donald Trump Pet   wig  for dog or cat
How hilarious is this Donald Trump wig for your pet?!  *I die*
(speaking of Donald...do you know about the Drumpfinator add on for Chrome?  Check it out; so funny. ;)

*I'm a member of The Order of the Good Death.
*This bra is really cute!
*...and these panties.
*Have you seen OK Go's newest music video?  I'm a little late in sharing, but if you haven't yet, you must.
*A friend told me about some "bee free" honey made with apples!  A quick search said that it's carried at my local health food store (that I'm at allll the time).  Cha-ching!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

CSA lovin'

For a few years now, I can't even remember how long, as long as I've known about CSAs- I've wanted to join one.  For one reason or another it just hasn't happened yet.  Cost, timing, and plain old forgetting about it.  This year I'm determined I won't let the summer slip by without me joining a CSA.

If you don't know what a CSA is, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Basically you pay in to a certain local farmer of your choice, and you get a box of fresh produce every week!  There are tons of different farmers and farming styles to choose from, and they all have slightly different ways of doing things.  Some things that differ from farmer to farmer are the length of the program, payment plans, size of each box, and whether you want a pre-made box (like a mystery box!), or allowing you to choose what specifically goes into your box.  Usually you have to pick your box up every week, and a lot of them have several pick up locations so you can choose which one works best for you.

Avalon Farms featuring yellow barns.
Avalon Farms Homegrown
Last Friday night Mike and I went to one stop of Kalamazoo's Art Hop that hosted a bunch of different farmers talking about their CSA programs.  I was super excited to go, and when we got there I went around the circle like three times grabbing brochures from everyone and listening to their sales pitches (mostly I went around three times because I'm shy and I was hanging back waiting my turn, or just moving on to the next booth, deciding to go back when they were through with who they were talking to at the time.  Whew.).  I think it'd be really really hard to choose one, and thankfully I think I have a way out of having to do so.

Mike's work has teamed up with a farm that can be picked up right at work every week, and I think (hope) that they get a deal on it!  I keep asking Mike to hawk his work email, and I'm ready to pounce when they announce it's time to sign up!  The one his work goes through is called Avalon Farms Homegrown (pictured above).  They weren't at the Art Hop, but at least I know if I miss the sign up for the one through work, I have a ton of fall back plans!  I can't wait for TONS of veggies and fruit!!  I really want to can a bunch too if we have extras (you know, for the zombie apocalypse).

Collard greens at Avalon Farms Homegrown

If you're in the Kalmazoo, Michigan vicinity and are looking for a CSA, here's a list of the farmers that were at the Art Hop I went to, and a few who weren't:

Agropraxis Farm at Tillers International (no website- located in Scotts, MI- email agropraxisfarm@gmail.com)

Have you ever had a CSA?  How did you like it?  Or do you grow your own food (jealous! -I'm a bit lazy, but would love to! ...sommmeday).  Tell me about it!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

things I like on the internet- vegan style

Fast Food Vegan zine (2014 updated edition)
This fast food vegan zine.


This simple vegan necklace is cute!


I just found this local-to-me artist on Instagram that hand-makes these rad vegan journals.


"What I Eat" poster.

Farmer's Market - A5 Stationery - 12, 24 or 48 sheets
This stationary is so pretty!

Veggie burger babe handmade polka dot patch
Patches for life.


PVBF2016ANNOUNCE-1.jpg
I really want to go to this festival!  Soooounds amazing.


Chocolate Fudge Brownie Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Pint
HAVE YOU HEARD?!?!
Ben & Jerry's just release four non-dairy flavors of ice cream!  I still haven't been able to find it in my area, and am impatiently waiting for it, haha!  Have you tried it yet??  **whispers in a creepy voice**  "Tell me where I can find it!"